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Is An All-Encompassing Mobility App Making A Comeback?

Ground transportation doesn’t get as much attention in managed travel programs as some other categories, but new tech that aggregates options for the various modes, as described in this article by John Surico, could have implications for productivity, distribution, duty of care and sustainability. Imagine an app on your smartphone in which every form of transportation…

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Your Face Is, Or Will Be, Your Boarding Pass

Many see biometrics-based systems for security screening and other airport processes as a way to build travel infrastructure for the expected volume recovery. That should mean shorter lines and more productive time during trips. This article by Elaine Glusac runs down the latest developments. If it’s been a year or more since you traveled, particularly…

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As World Shuts Borders To Stop Omicron, Japan Offers A Cautionary Tale

Japan, which has been very cautious throughout the pandemic, is again barring all nonresident foreigners. There is an economic and human cost. By Motoko Rich and Hikari Hida, with reporting by Hisako Ueno and Makiko Inoue in Tokyo; Dera Menra Sijabat in Jakarta, Indonesia; Richard C. Paddock in Bangkok; John Yoon in Seoul; Raymond Zhong…

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How Frequent Flier Programs Are Changing In A Changed World

Loyalty programs can work against managed travel goals when individual travelers and their employers don’t have the same preferred travel suppliers. But incentives for leisure time can also help reinforce corporate rules when there is alignment. The following article by Julie Weed highlights recent changes including the de-emphasis of mileage runs. The pandemic made an…

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Can Supersonic Air Travel Fly Again?

By Roy Furchgott. Despite the promise of two-hour flights from New York to Los Angeles, the supersonic airline industry never really got off the ground. That is largely because of physics: specifically, the sonic boom, the thunderclap noise made when an aircraft breaks the sound barrier, which essentially doomed supersonic aviation as a viable business….